So I've been having problems with hot water for embarrassingly long, and not doing anything about it cos it was an intermittent problem, and cos I was too busy and too disorganized to deal with it.
And then my lovely mother organized for the boiler man to come today, and he diagnosed the problem, dealt with it and talked me through the whole procedure. And generally he's my favourite workman in the world; he even gave me a precise time when I could expect him rather than making me wait around all day. I also love the fact that he says, you're a scientist so you'll understand the technical details, rather than, you're a little woman who obviously can't get to grips with anything mechanical.
And now I have unlimited amounts of hot water on demand. Which, actually, is pretty amazing; before this I'd probably have taken it for granted. Civilization is good.
i never really appreciated this fact until the two week trek across the Urals in 1999. back in the old Moscow flat i was utterly *amazed*. the whole concept of cooking your food on a fire, and you do not need to feed it sticks. Stunning. and the way when it rains YOU DONT GET WET. there is no need to hide under plastic sheeting and then dry all your things afterwards.
our civilization has acheived a lot, whatever anyone says. we have it good.
i did not mean you were insufficiently appreciative! (although having my thoughs stuck on walls is of course a very flattering idea).
it is strange, i was thinking today, how each person's existence is a battle with their particular set of monsters, no matter how lovely their life might look. it sounds so obvious now i have trapped it into a sentence *tries to formulate remainder of thought into more sentences*..
Yay! (This is why I never particularly understood the yearning for ye olde englande, when you had baths once a year if you were lucky, and all the mud huts leaked . . .) Hence, Romans rock. Anyone whose first priority on arriving somewhere is to build a bath-house gets my vote.
Really? Mikveh first? I thought bet tinuk came before, and probly bet midrash as well, though I forget. And obviously a court, though maybe that doesn't have to be a physical building. Anyway, live and learn.